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Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

Amoretti LXXIV: Most Happy Letters

              1Most happy letters, fram'd by skilful trade,
              2With which that happy name was first design'd:
              3The which three times thrice happy hath me made,
              4With gifts of body, fortune, and of mind.
              5The first my being to me gave by kind,
              6From mother's womb deriv'd by due descent,
              7The second is my sovereign Queen most kind,
              8That honour and large richesse to me lent.
              9The third my love, my life's last ornament,
            10By whom my spirit out of dust was raised:
            11To speak her praise and glory excellent,
            12Of all alive most worthy to be praised.
            13Ye three Elizabeths for ever live,
            14That three such graces did unto me give.


1] A series of eighty-eight sonnets, published in 1595 and probably written between 1592 and 1594 during the poet's wooing of Elizabeth Boyle.

5] kind: Nature.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Edmund Spenser, Amoretti and Epithalamion (P. S. for W. Ponsonby, 1595). STC 23076. Facs.edn. (Scolar Press, 1968). PR 2360 A5 1595E Robarts Library
First publication date: 1595
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP 1.112.
Recent editing: 4:2002/5/23

Composition date: 1592 - 1594
Form: Spenserian Sonnet
Rhyme: ababbcbccdcdee

Other poems by Edmund Spenser